NIPOMO, Calif. — Climate change advocates held two separate rallies today on the Central Coast to protest against fossil fuels.

A small group of local activists staged demonstrations at the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery on the Nipomo Mesa, as well as at the Chevron gas station in Guadalupe.

The protests were held in an effort to call out fossil fuel companies for their “windfall wartime profits,” as well as ask Gov. Gavin Newsom to put California on a path to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

“Oil drilling is usually not very good for the communities that the plant or refinery is around,” said Dakota Corrales, a local climate change activist who helped organize the protests. “It’s usually not great for the groundwater. It’s also not great the climate. It’s also not a great option for jobs in the long run because oil is a finite source.”

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